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The Dangers of Widespread Deforestation

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More than half of the planet’s forests are found in five countries: Brazil, the United States, China, Canada, and the Russian Federation.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization, forests currently cover roughly 31% of the planet’s land area, but that number is dropping. Over the last 34 years, some 420 million hectares of forest have been destroyed.

Measures have been taken to reduce deforestation in recent decades, but it’s still a serious problem that demands attention and ideally, a solution.

If you don’t live near a forested area, you may not fully realize how important these beautiful areas truly are.

In addition to the natural beauty they provide, forests play a pivotal role in our world’s ecosystems. There are plenty of dangers associated with deforestation, and knowing more about them is important.

Deforestation Speeds Up Climate Change

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the ongoing climate change crisis. Scientists have published plenty of material and models about the increasing temperatures on our planet and the discussion about the negative consequences of these changes is everywhere.

Deforestation plays a major role in speeding up climate change.

When large numbers of trees are chopped down, it becomes easier for greenhouse gases to get into the atmosphere, resulting in higher temperatures.

Healthy forest areas act as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air. When an area gets deforested, it loses that ability, allowing more carbon to get into the air.


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